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Uber teams up with Arc of Greater New Orleans to collect Mardi Gras Beads and throws.

posted Mar 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

If this year is like last, hundreds of Uber riders will be using their smartphone requesting a pick-up for the Saturday. The twist, though, is that the request is not to schedule a ride, but the pick-up of Mardi Gras beads that will be donated to Arc of Greater New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Recycle Center. Donating them will be as easy as tapping an app on your cell phone. And the best part – it’s totally FREE! Uber, the company that connects riders to drivers for easy access around the city, is teaming up with Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center to make donating convenient. The Recycle Center is one of five social enterprises Arc manages, which allows the non-profit to hire people with disabilities and pay minimum wage or higher. The Center depends on donations throughout the year to be successful, and Uber is helping kick to off the 2017 donation cycle by connecting donors via the company’s app and having Uber drivers pick up the donations.

On Saturday March 4, 2017, an Uber driver will come to your house, pick up bags of beads or throws and deliver them directly to a local Arc donation center for free.
Here's how it works. 
1. You will need to bag up the beads you want to donate. 
2. Open the app from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4th. 
3. Slide over to the "recycle" view and hit request.
4. An SUV will pick up your items and drop-off your donation to a local Arc of Greater New Orleans donation center.

*Keep in mind, organizers said, that Uber drivers can't leave vehicles unattended so they ask that you bring your bagged beads out to meet your driver when they arrive